Smart extensions of Victorian homes are becoming all too common Down Under and many of the classic residences in cities like Sydney and Melbourne have already traveled down this path. It is often a smart choice that is dictated by the needs of a modern family changing lifestyles across the globe and of course the poor state of the original structures. But this fabulous home dubbed gives a stylish contemporary twist to this idea with a timber extension that is sculptural stylish and keeps away the excessive heat of harsh summer days.
On the inside it is timber that still holds sway even as the entire house is divided into three distinct zones – the parents’ retreat the kids’ rooms and the common living area that overlooks the pool and wooden deck. The ambiance inside the house is modern coastal with serenity infused into the overall design of each room using neutral hues and wooden warmth.
Shaped by stunning mountains all around and defined by the unique lot on which it sits this in works within the existing limitations to make the most of both space and the views on offer. The sloped triangular lot the family residence sits on plays a major role in shaping its overall silhouette along with local construction guidelines that mandate the use of wood for at least 30 percent of the home’s surface area. Walking this architectural tightrope and delivering in style GCA Architects ensured that the dwelling did not compromise on unabated views even while offering adequate privacy to those inside.
The new kitchen and bathroom sit as a transition between the living space and the main bedroom at the front and the dining space and additional bedroom in the rear of the house. Colorful mosaic tiles enliven the kitchen in white even as large original windows with double-glazed panels usher in plenty of light and give the interior freshness.
The Cor-ten steel pergola structure that sits just outside the living room also shapes the balcony for the top floor while the revamped swimming pool and large deck provide ample space to rest and rejuvenate on those lazy summer evenings.